Tunisia Carthage Eagles knocked out Nigeria from the round of 16 stages of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon following a shock 1-0 victory thanks to a Youseff Msakni goal at the ROumde Adjia stadium in Garoua on Sunday.
Despite coming into the encounter with several players and their coach not available due to COVID-19, Tunisia emerged winners over the Super Eagles in a shock result.
After a goalless first half skipper, Youssef Msakni gave Tunisia the lead two minutes after recess. Maskni beat one defender and found space to shoot from outside the box. Nigerian goalkeeper Emil Okoye had a touch on the ball, but it rested in the net.
As a result, for the first time, the Super Eagles will not reach the Quarterfinals stage of AFCON since 1982, while Tunisia have advanced to the quarter-finals in four consecutive tournaments.
In the first knockout match, the Stallions of Burkina Faso beat Gabon 7-6 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in regulation time to qualify to the quarter-finals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021.
Substitute Ismahila scored the all-important winning penalty to send the Stallions through, following a marathon shoot out.
Kanga, Yannis Yapende and Lloyd Palun missed for Gabon, while Saidou Simpore and Abdoul Tapsoba failed to score for Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso will play Tunisia in the quarterfinals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021.
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